Proper hand hygiene is one of the best ways of preventing school absenteeism -the first step toward providing your students with a quality education.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada recommend washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to fight the germs that lead to school absences.
Schools’ Defenses Against MRSA
MRSA is a type of staph that’s usually manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils in otherwise healthy people and may, in some cases, cause a serious infection. It is resistant to numerous antibiotics such as methicillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. The spread of MRSA occurs more frequently in schools and other social environments where people are in close proximity to one another.
CDC recommendations for MRSA prevention:
- Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Shower immediately after participating in exercise
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
- Use a barrier, such as clothing or a towel, when using shared equipment
- Maintain a clean environment by cleaning frequently touched surfaces